“Forced evacuation of pregnant Indigenous women must stop” Opinion by FLR/RDF law student Carolina Maass

Opinion published by Toronto Star on January 6, 2022. Read full article here. Pregnant Indigenous women are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to give birth alone and away from their communities. Health Canada has a birth evacuation policy that requires them to take planes, buses, boats, helicopters, taxis, or even snow machines two to four weeks before…

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“Supreme Court must keep women’s rights at the forefront when it rules on ‘extreme intoxication’ defence” Opinion article by Kerri A. Froc and Elizabeth A. Sheehy

KERRI A. FROC AND ELIZABETH A. SHEEHY CONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL PUBLISHED JANUARY 4, 2022 Read original Opinion article here. Three significant cases have arrived for consideration at the Supreme Court of Canada, each challenging Section 33.1 of the Criminal Code. That section, added by the federal government in 1995, addresses the “fault” element for crimes of violence. The…

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“The Canada Health Act is failing people with mental illness” Opinion article by Yasmin Khaliq

Opinion article published by the Ottawa Citizen on December 3, 2021. Read the full article here. In this opinion article on mental health written by Yasmin Khaliq in her Feminist Law Reform class at the University of Ottawa taught by Professor Martha Jackman – she addresses the inadequate mental health services in Canada and the…

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NAWL welcomes our new National Steering Committee

NAWL is delighted to announce our new National Steering Committee (NSC), elected at our September 2021 AGM. NAWL is excited to welcome these incredible women and the expertise on feminist law reform advocacy they each bring to the organization. New NSC appointments and directors include, Dr. Kerri Froc, Maureen McTeer and Amanda Therrien.  They join…

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NAWL Support for MLA Lynne Lund’s proposed Non-Disclosure Agreements Act

PEI Legislative Assembly 165 Richmond St. Charlottetown, PEI C1A 1J1 Dear Members of the P.E.I. Legislative Assembly: Re: Letter of Support for Proposed Non-Disclosure Agreements Act The National Association of Women and the Law is proud to support MLA Lynne Lund’s proposed Non-Disclosure Agreements Act. We thank you for your consideration of this very important…

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NAWL welcomes Tiffany Butler as Executive Director

NAWL is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Tiffany Butler, who joined the organization in March. NAWL is excited about the new energy Tiffany brings to the organization, as well as her community-based law reform experience working to advance the substantive equality rights of women. I am honoured to be joining…

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Open Letter to Ministers Bennett and Miller on behalf of gender justice and human rights organizations in solidarity with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples

The Honourable Carolyn Bennet, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services Government of Canada   Dear Ministers, On behalf of national, regional and local gender justice and human rights organizations, we are in solidarity with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples and…

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“A glimmer of hope” Opinion Article by Nathalie Chalifour and Anne Levesque on SCC Carbon Pricing Ruling

Opinion article published by CBA National on May 3, 2021. Read full article here. “The carbon pricing ruling at the SCC is a partial victory for equality-seeking groups. But will it be interpreted in a manner that is equality affirming and aligned with climate justice?”   The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision confirming the constitutionality of…

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Supreme Court of Canada Rules Carbon Pricing Law Constitutional: Intervenors for rights of women and girls welcome the decision

 For immediate release Algonquin Territory/Ottawa, Ontario – March 25, 2021 – The Supreme Court of Canada’s judgment declaring the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act constitutional is a victory for women and girls. Saskatchewan, Ontario and Alberta went to court over the Act arguing that it was unconstitutional because Ottawa was stepping into provincial jurisdiction. The…

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National feminist groups welcome long-awaited legal action on abortion access in New Brunswick

For Immediate Release A coalition of national feminist organizations welcomes the initiation of legal action by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to fight the discriminatory and anti-choice regulation that prohibits the funding of abortion care outside of hospital settings in New Brunswick. In October 2020, Clinic 554, the only free-standing clinic providing surgical abortions in…

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NAWL signs joint letter to the Prime Minister and Minister Freeland re: Taskforce on Women and the Economy

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Re: Action Plan on Women in the Economy Taskforce Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Freeland, The economic downturn caused by this pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women.…

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NAWL endorsed Luke’s Place brief on BILL 207: An Act to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Courts of Justice Act, the Family Law Act and other Acts respecting various family law matter

NAWL endorsed the brief by Luke’s Place presented to the Ontario legislature’s Justice Committee, on October 13, 2020, on BILL 207: An Act to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Courts of Justice Act, the Family Law Act and other Acts respecting various family law matter. The link to the brief and list of endorsements on…

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NAWL co-signed a letter dated October 5, 2020 to Premier Legault on the death of Joyce Echaquan

Dear Premier, We are writing to you to express our outrage as leaders of feminist movements throughout Canada on the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman who was the mother of seven children and a cherished family and community member. We stand in solidarity with the Indigenous women’s group Femmes Autochtones du Québec /…

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Feminist groups call for immediate action on abortion access in New Brunswick

For Immediate Release A coalition of feminist organizations is calling for the federal government and the government of New Brunswick to take immediate action in light of the imminent closure of Clinic 554 in Fredericton. The Fredericton clinic, the only free-standing clinic providing surgical abortions in the province, is set to close by the end…

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Joint letter by Feminist Groups including NAWL to Minister Freeland, calling for her to host a roundtable with Women’s Rights organizations and feminist leaders as part of the net federal budget consultations

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Re: Roundtable with women’s rights and equality-seeking organizations for Federal Budget 2021 Dear Minister Freeland, In this unprecedented moment in history, federal budget priorities need to be rethought to shape what Canada will look like after COVID-19.…

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